There are two types of people: those who love buying specialized gadgets for each kitchen task, and those who avoid them.
Like many, especially New Yorkers, I don’t have a huge kitchen or tons of cabinet space. When I read through a potential recipe I always worry that the last paragraph will reveal the need for an ice cream maker, juicer, 12-cup food processor or wok. Because I don’t have these things. And I don’t want to buy them because my oven already stores cookie sheets, muffin tins and glass casseroles that don’t fit in my cabinets.
Double boilers I’m no longer worried about. Not because I have one, but because I invented (though surely I’m not the first) the method pictured above.
1. Take a saucepan and a glass measuring cup that fit snugly together
2. Fill the saucepan with an inch or so of water (so that it’s just below the bottom of the measuring cup). The beauty is, you can see through to the water!
3. Heat over burner, following recipe.
Voila! I love kitchen utensils that serve multiple purposes. Multiple purpi.